Lindau’s Children’s Festival has become something of a “national day” and local celebration. It is always held on the last Wednesday before the school holidays, and is now over 350 years old. This year it falls on 27 July 2016.

National day in Lindau

It starts bright and early at 6.00 am with a gun salute. After the children’s church service, marching bands with drummers parade through the streets, along with schoolchildren and their teachers. They cross the island to thCe Old Town Hall. Local girls with flower garlands in their hair carry colourful wreaths and garlands through the islands’ narrow streets. The town’s boys accompany them, waving their flags.

Lindau Children’s Festival with tradition

The Lindau Children’s Festival began around 1655 when school sermons were introduced on the island in order to convince the townspeople of the value and purpose of the town’s education system. Over time, these sermons developed into the Lindau Children’s Festival. For many years it has been much more than just a children’s festival. Lindau natives from all over the world often return home on this day to meet up with friends and family. After the opening ceremony in front of the Town Hall, every child receives a bag containing Butschelle and Schübling (local buns and sausages), and a voucher that can be redeemed at one of the festival locations.

The second official part of the Children’s Festival begins in the afternoon at the festival grounds in different parts of the island, in Zech, Reutin, Aeschach and Oberreitnau. The children join in with organised games and can play on the swing ride and dodgems. And “big” kids can keep on partying right up to midnight.